Winning ways

The votes have been tallied folks and the results of the Windows Awards 2007 are in. All that's left now is for you to find out if your favourite IT company or top product walked away with a coveted Windows gong this year...

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  October 10, 2007

This year the Windows Awards 2007 - which took place during GITEX Technology Week - featured 22 distinct categories and eight of these were decided by you, our faithful readers. So which firms and kit won your vote of confidence?

Let's start with the world of gaming first. Our coveted title of Game of the Year went to - wait for it - World of Warcraft. Now considering the game boasts a whopping three million subscribers globally and is a favourite with many gamers in the region, our team wasn't surprised it walked away victorious.

Next up, our Top Technology Retailer award went to a newcomer to the region - Sharaf DG, beating major contenders such as Jumbo Electronic and French giant Carrefour, which won last year.

The next big reader voted award was Handheld of the Year. When we checked the votes a few days before the August 25 voting deadline, Nokia's popular N90 was in the lead, however when the voting closed, the BlackBerry Pearl won the race. Meanwhile, ISP of the Year category, which let readers vote for any ISP in the region, went to UAE telecoms firm Etisalat.

My favourite category, and a new one to join Windows Awards, is Windows' blog to beat. Here we let you choose any blog from the ‘blogsphere' and the site with the most votes was Secret Dubai, well-known for its brutally honest take on life in the UAE.

Now the Customer Support award, another big award, went to regional heavyweight HP, while another favourite Dell was runner-up.

Moving on to another spanking new Windows Awards 2007 category; Innovation of the Year. So was it Xerox's invisible paper, DirectX 10 technology or Intel's quad core technology? Well, if you guessed number three then you are right on the ball. Intel's latest quad core technology won a whopping 70% of the votes and I couldn't agree more. Intel is ahead of most of the software industry, however releasing quad core technology has forced software vendors such Microsoft, id and Crytek to get their acts together and release consumer-level multi-threaded apps and games.

The final reader-voted award, Console of the Year was another big surprise, with Sony's PlayStation 3 beating Microsoft's Xbox 360 to grab the prestigious title.

So that's all for the reader-voted section of the awards, but who walked away with the rest of the 14 awards, which were chosen by our experienced tech team? Click here to find out and let me know if your favourite firm or product grabbed a gong this year at window@itp.com.

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